Monday, November 5, 2007

Latest LOST Update

Saturday's Opinion Journal featured a piece that strikes a heavy blow against ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty. In it, the writers take the best arguments of Treaty proponents and deftly demonstrate their inadequacy, inaccuracy, or irrelevance.

For example, on the Bush administration's assertions that LOST won't affect U.S. military operations:

"Consider the treaty's potential effects on military activities. The Administration says these are excluded from the treaty and, further, that the U.S. gets to decide what constitutes such activity. But then how to explain Article 20, which states that "In the territorial sea, submarines and other underwater vehicles are required to navigate on the surface and to show their flag." How will this affect the ability of U.S. submarines to gather intelligence in coastal waters or deploy special forces on hostile shores? Last we checked, a $1 billion submarine called the USS Jimmy Carter had been built precisely for that purpose."

We could go on, but you should read the piece for yourself. Treaty advocates can't get around points such as these; they can only hope to push LOST through the Senate before the public is any the wiser. The Opinion Journal has helped make sure the Law of the Sea Treaty gets the thorough-going examination it deserves.

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